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Grateful Dead Live at Richmond Coliseum on 1985-11-01

Topics Live concert

Dancin' In The Streets-> Cold Rain & Snow, Little Red Rooster, Stagger Lee, Me & My Uncle, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Jack Straw-> Don't Ease Me In Samson & Delilah, High Time, He's Gone-> Spoonful-> Comes A Time-> Lost Sailor-> Drums-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> She Belongs To Me-> Gloria, E: Day Job

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Richmond Coliseum
Location Richmond, VA

Source Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) with single Omni center channel mic (CMC42 offset ~ 8' - mixed into main pair of CMC 441s) > custom mixer made by Doug Oade (M118 circuit in a 3 channel package) > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1


Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) with single Omni center channel mic (CMC42 offset ~ 8' - mixed into main pair of CMC 441s) > custom mixer made by Doug Oade (M118 circuit in a 3 channel package) > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1 [recorded by the Oade Brothers]


Reviewer: Teedawg - - May 6, 2012
Subject: Love it
All in all, not a bad recording, hard to really get a good one for sure.
This was a special night. One of the greatest ones in the 80'2. Unfortunately I was too young to enjoy or even contemplate The Dead before the 80's. Love all of the Pigpen shit. Like most of the Keith stuff. But to me the Dead were their least consistent in the 80's. Some of the best shows ever were in the 80's. Meriweather 85. Alpine 89, Placid 83, Augusta 84 and this show rank as some of my favs, although there are way too many to list. I saw around 275 or so shows. So I can say I knew the bhand well enough to have my opinion count.that and listening on avg abount a show a day or more since 1985.
The Richmond police were all over us on this cold windy, wet Novemeber day, tickets were hard to find, a rarity at this point in time for the bigger venues. The 1st instance of gate-crashing I can remember, hated that part of it, all it did was ruin the vibe, and put untold amounts of pressure on the band,
I will cut this short at this point, the pre-drums was simply amazing, all those great Jerry Ballads, on night were Jerry was on and Phil was sublime.
The Gloria, though not perfect raised the Fucking roof of the place with the energy and the out of left field place. Thought it was a Morning Dew or Sugar Magnolia, but nope, and those Lyrical Pull-backs by Bob were just so much bloody fun. I give it 5 stars not for the recrding alone, but for the specialness of Jerry singing at the end of High time " Tomorrow come trouble, Tomorrow come pain, now dont think to hard baby, cause you know what I am saying, we can have us a High Time, living the Good life" If that doesnt bring tears of Joy to a Deadhead nothing on earth will
Reviewer: truckin52073 - - November 2, 2011
Subject: Great show in a year of hit and miss
1985 is vastly under represented in my collection. My general feeling is that the whole year was pretty much hit or miss. I've had this show as a Dicks Picks for years, and think the SBD falls kind of flat. This an excellent sounding recording, there is just enough audience in it to really feel the energy.

The show starts off kind of lack luster, but if you listen closely you can hear the exact moment during Big River that they kick it into over drive. The Jack Straw that follows is nothing short of spectacular. While there are versions that are longer and more jammed out this one has some serious energy going on. While I tend to think of Don't Ease as sort of a throwaway song, this one finds the band firing on all cylinders.

As I haven't listened to this one for a long time, I can't really comment too much on the 2nd set yet...But I do remember the Comes a Time being something really special and I really like how they break up Sailor/Saint between Drums/Space. Saint takes off like a rocket ship out of Space.

This is hands down one of the best AUDs I have ever heard. I'm listening to it now through a pair of really high end headphones, and all the instruments are where they should be. In a sentence it's "just exactly perfect."
Reviewer: dupree413 - - June 15, 2011
Subject: Over-rated?
Much has been written about this show both as a Dick's Pick and b/c it is an '85 show. Some feel it is inflated b/c 1985 shows are generally receiving 4 and 5 stars.
I did not attend. Again, I was in the height of catching the shows in NY and the Northeast.

But I remember my taper friends sending me this. First, without even playing it, I was floored by the second set list.
First set looked solid. But - considered a no no in some parts - I went right to the second tape.

I played it like 12 times. Unbelievable.
Samson was shaking and most of the Samsons (I think it is fair to say) were kicking that year.
High Time>He's Gone was just beautiful. It seemed natural and effortless. I never got the impression Bob came up blank for his slot - but again I was not there.
Then out of He's Gone .....Spoonful- probably one of the best performances of a Weir cover tune. The band played Spoonful regularly, but not so that the hair on the back of your neck stood up.
You CAN hear the drummers moving in...but Comes a Time takes over and its delicacy is so powerful.
Sailor is unbelievable. Much has been written about the post space, and I will leave that.

But I would like to say that this show is NOT over-rated. It may not be the best show ever - but when you make your list, it's up there.
Reviewer: Frosty's Picks - - September 22, 2008
Subject: Frosty's Picks for the Hearing Impaired
I have major hearing problems. It’s called tinnitus and for those of you who don’t know it is a constant ringing in your ears. Therefore, it is hard for me to find audience shows that are of good enough quality for me to listen to without doing further damage to my hearing (by having to turn up the volume past 5 to even tell what song is being played!). I am not saying anything about these shows except that as a person with major hearing lose, these are some of the shows that I have on my I-Pod. Of course some are better than others. However, I am not giving any of these shows a review. I can always find something good in every show… long as I can hear it!!!! Here is my list for today, 9/20/08:

7.6.84, 10.15.84, 6.19.91,
7.18.89, 6.21.84, 9.6.85,
10.12.84, 10.12.83, 11.1.85,
8.24.85, 7.31.82, 6.25.92,
8.5.89, 10.31.83, 6.26.92,
10.8.84, 12.5.81, 8.30.85,
11.5.85, 6.26.84, 8.3.82,
6.8.80, 10.14.84, 8.10.82,
3.14.81, 12.26.80, 4.15.83,
4.18.82, 10.31.91, 9.2.85,
10.14.83, 4.2.90, 4.30.90,

Please let me know if you have any show suggestions that compare to these in quality of sound. Send suggestions to
Reviewer: Norman Clegg - - September 9, 2008
Subject: ....awesome '85-vintage Dead....!!
This night runs neck-and-neck with Hershey as my favorite in-attendance show. (Got soaking wet at each!) Upon playback, I came to realize this show was as good as it sounded at the time.....which is not the case with many shows I attended. I had a beautiful AUD recording in my hands a few days after this show and it has enjoyed MANY playbacks over many, many years.

It's all VERY enjoyable, but I have to single out the MAGNIFICENT "High Time", which is, perhaps, the finest they ever played.....and I say this after completing my recent "High Time Project": in the course of a month, I listened to 120 of the 134 versions the Dead played; this was THE ONE. Garcia nails the lyrics and plays a beautiful solo in the middle.....the "middle solo" being a very rare thing.

Just just incredible incredible.....

Shelve Dick's super-dry SDBD and grab the AUD....!!!
Reviewer: stuck in 200 - - February 21, 2008
Subject: Another One?
A great night with a lot of memories, not all related to the show. Many comment on the unusual second set list. I was stationed behind the stage for most of the show and I can tell you it threw Mickey as well - he kept getting up and heading for the rack to start Drums only to have the band kick into another song instead forcing him back to the kit. Happened at least three times. The unique D/S split between Lost Sailor and Saint may have been a result of him finally forcing the issue.
Reviewer: Fin, jr. - - January 11, 2008
Subject: Brilliant AUD!
Oh, and by the way for the unfortunate soul who rated the show a mere 2 stars -- did you forget, sir, that this here is THE GRATEFUL DEAD?!?! Automatic FIVE STARS (when compared to other bullcrap so-called music out there that even makes money) for the free manna. I appreciate the critique from "utopian", however, I think you need to upgrade your system and crank it maximally to lose your fear of honoring the music. Volume, sir, and more of it!!!
Reviewer: 73vw - - September 13, 2007
Subject: purple stripes, phil , jack-o lanterns
this tour truly fuckin wailed, one of the really last greats kids indeed!!!richmond arguably the pinnacle of 85/ early 80's????! this show so strong, truly sick interplay b/w boys, phil sick, strong, strong garcia, high time, gloria, best later 80's comes a time hands down...85 richmond was epic...guitar head chopping and pumpkins backstage from halloween...dia de los muertes...great purple striped blotters...really great days/ tour/ economy house! thanks guys!!!!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - September 29, 2006
Subject: The dude utopian below
This guy is on crack, this sounds amazing for an AUD show in a basketball arena.

I can see both sides as to why some see this show as a diamond and others much less so, especially those in the former camp who were in attendance and consider it totally top notch. The song selection is so delightfully odd, and a show where Jerry does High Time, He's Gone, Comes a Time and She Belongs to Me all in the 2nd set can't possibly be an average show. Throw in the only Sailor>Saint split with D>S and Gloria, and yes this is a very very good show.
Reviewer: Kwikfix - - April 11, 2006
Subject: Like the 80s Dead? You'll like this.
Obviously the first thing that jumps out at you is the unusual second set list. The actual performance quality is debatable. A lot of people I know love this show, but I also know more than one person who thinks its one of the most oevrrated in GD history. It's all relative, I guess. As a rule, fans of mid-80s Dead consider this a near-classic, but if you think of that period as a low point it probably won't get you to change your mind. Nice sounding audience.
Reviewer: clavin - - February 8, 2006
Subject: 11.1.85
my ninteenth birthday and needless to say i havent been the same since.member a guy runnin' up the stairs during dancin w/ear 2 ear smile sayin cold rain 2morrow.gotcha!cool, nite was none 2 shabby either.
Reviewer: SeismicShift - - January 13, 2006
Subject: Was this the show ?
Wow, has it been 20 years since they performed this show. I was 16 for this show, you know how I know this show was great, this was around my 10-15th show and one of my show buddies was a head who had seen 175+ shows, after the encore he was widly jumping up and down screaming "Best show ever! Best show ever!". I saw a lot of vintage shows after this between this 1986-1991 (1992-95 they kinda jumped the shark tank)and I never saw anything as powerful or as complete, including Branford @ Nassau. It was as though the Dead had a secret treasure hidden away for years and years and on this night, they brought out the jewelry box, pried it open with a crowbar and let everyone gaze inside with sheer amazement.

I will always consider this the circus show, the crowd went nuts and then took it up 6 notches from there. The floor was so loose for dancing, it seemed a lot like the scene in the Doors Movie where the whole crowd dances in a big circle and the location of the stage becomes irrelevant.

In some ways, it sucked to see a show like this so early in my years, every show there-after had to compare to that NIGHT in Richmond.

I know longer know anyone who was at this show, however, I would love to have someone reconfim, this just might have been the holy grail of Dead touring.

Peace, and Enjoy the Show...
Reviewer: rvaDUBfan - - January 13, 2006
Subject: 85...what a year!
this is definitely the better of the two AUD sources available...get it.

quality: 4
show: 4
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - - April 29, 2005
Subject: Second set ballads
Can't say I've ever seen a set list of ballads like this (almost) in a row. Spoonful obviously more blues than ballad but High Time, He's Gone, Come A Time, Lost Sailor nearly all in a row??? Someone was meloncholy that night. What great, great songs too.
Reviewer: Slarti - - November 28, 2004
Subject: we can share
I'm pretty sure the JackStraw>Doughknees was inspired by me and my friend; we passed out many laughing bones to everyone up front, and Jerry seeing all, it having been a fall harvest of great proportions, oh my brother!
Reviewer: utopian - - October 18, 2004
Subject: good show.....ok aud
Personally the Oade mac's sound a bit dull, distant and the bass is muddy.

We need more sources from 85!

check out 10-31-83 for an audience.
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - - September 1, 2004
Subject: This is Why I am a Deahead
I am in the process of listening to this show which I downloaded because of the positive reviews and all I can say is the way I feel inside when listening to this show reminds why I fell in love with this band. I would definitely rate this show right up there with the best shows I ever saw at the Kaiser, the Greek, Alpine, Deer Creek, you name it. This is just a fun, rollicking roll though some of their best tunes all performed with that happy, feel good gusto we all know and love. 5 Stars!
Reviewer: dcain - - May 31, 2004
Subject: She Belongs To Me
Garcia's work on this one is a 5. What are the right words to describe it? Beautiful. Creative. Compelling. Moving. He dives deep into this Dylan song, and brings up rare treasure. Who could have imagined the beauty hidden with this little tune? If songs stood as statutes, this would have its own room at the Garcia Louvre. What a smile...
Reviewer: J. Jonah Jameson - - May 29, 2004
Subject: One For the AGES!!!!! (or the aged, heh-heh)
Wow, this is a great sounding AUD. I have the DP, and this recording really conveys the excitement of that night. This was an awesome, awesome show, and people who "dis" the 80's should at least consider this gem. The band was cooking, really, really cooking, listen to Jerry sing out the lyrics on everything and not mutter! The sound of this tape is so phenomenal, it's hard to put it into words. Just listen to the music play :)
Reviewer: lpenoza - - May 4, 2004
Subject: AUD Excellence
Truly excellent Audience recording! I purchased this as the Dick's Pick, and I suggest that you do so as well. The band had many moments of inspired performance. If you like the DP, and want to hear exactly how it sounded from the floor of the Richmond Coliseum, check this out. I spent this show very close to the taper section, and the sound captured here is uncannily accurate. The Phil Bombs in Jackstraw alone make this recording worth having.
Reviewer: fez_43 - - May 3, 2004
Subject: some coments.
this recording is the fucking bees knees. An example of the perfect aud recording, especially given the logistics. if any show gets 5 stars on sound quality alone, its this one
Reviewer: taperdave - - May 3, 2004
Subject: Oh Yea
I was here, Yea, what a place to be, Yea.

Just Phat, the sound the venue (cept the fuzz was way out of control) but if you managed to stay below "There" radar what a night. I still liked the 2nd night even more
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